Celebrating a century of women film makers, the BEV film festival opens today on the 100th International Women's Day. It's about being a 'bird' film maker but the breadth and diversity of theme and form in the programme means this is no female ghetto.
Take a look at some programme highlights:
- Documentaries covering Mills and Boon, the commercialisaton of the orgasm and female suicide bombers
- A Bloody Women strand focusing on women's contribution to gothic and horror.
- A special programme looks at films made by women from developing countries, culminating in an Oxfam Gala screening on Sunday.
- An award winning biopic of Rosa Luxemburg is notable in the schedule of feature films, which includes 5 debuts. You can also expect nuns, vampires, Black Panthers, pioneers of the American midwest, an Arabic artist in post 9/11 NYC, some off-beat comedy, cycles of violence and sexual awakenings.
- Shorts from home and abroad, 'Sounds and Silents' events bringing new musical scores to classic silent films
- Two 'bring a baby' screenings mean mums wont be excluded; one at Kensal Rise Lexi and another at the Rio, Dalston
- Looking at the commercial end of film making, there are 2 showcase sessions of film from the worlds of fashion and music respectively.
- This Saturday sees Little White Lies host the BEV festival party at ICA on a twisted 'bloody women' theme with live music and general revelry (£9).
Even once the festival is finished, BFI Southbank continue the celebrations with a whole month's retrospective putting "wilful and heroic female leads" in the frame, with What A Woman's Gotta Do.
Watch the BEV festival trailer: